English paper piecing is a hand sewing sewing technique that uses paper patterns to hold the patchwork shape. Fabric is “wrapped” around the shape and then held with temporary basting stitches. After the pieces are stitched together on all sides, the paper is removed.
The hexagon and pentagon are popular English paper piecing shapes as their set in seams are much easier to piece by hand than by machine.
Watch the video below to find out more about this technique that was (and still is) quite popular in the UK.